Starting in 2006 all five cent coins were made with the multi-ply steel method, so there was no need to use the "P" (for plated, composition mark) designation any more. It was replaced with a new maple leaf logo for the Royal Canadian Mint, which was added below the Queen's effigy (where the P used to be located).

In 2003 a number of 25 cent coins were minted with the mint mark "W" (Winnipeg Mint) as well as the "P" composition mark. These coins were inserted into Uncirculated coin sets.


Fourth portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II, when she was 77 years old, facing right and surrounded by the inscription.

Dei Gratia Regina (often abbreviated to D. G. Regina and seen as D·G·REGINA) is a Latin title meaning By the Grace of God, Queen.

Engraver: Susanna Blunt



A caribou is accompanied by the facial value and the country name. Engraver's initials below.

The reindeer (Rangifer tarandus), also known as the caribou in North America, is a species of deer with circumpolar distribution, native to Arctic, sub-Arctic, tundra, boreal, and mountainous regions of northern Europe, Siberia, and North America. What was once the second-largest herd is the migratory boreal woodland caribou George River herd in Canada, with former variations between 28,000 and 385,000. The North American range of caribou extends from Alaska through Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut into the boreal forest and south through the Canadian Rockies and the Columbia and Selkirk Mountains.

Arctic peoples have depended on caribou for food, clothing, and shelter, such as the Caribou Inuit, the inland-dwelling Inuit of the Kivalliq Region in northern Canada, the Caribou Clan in Yukon, the Inupiat, the Inuvialuit, the Hän, the Northern Tutchone, and the Gwich'in (who followed the Porcupine caribou for millennia).

Male and female reindeer can grow antlers annually, although the proportion of females that grow antlers varies greatly between population and season. Antlers are typically larger on males. In traditional festive legend, Santa Claus's reindeer pull a sleigh through the night sky to help Santa Claus deliver gifts to good children on Christmas Eve.

Engraver: Emanuel Otto Hahn



25 Cents

4th portrait
KM# 493 Schön# 521
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Material Nickel Plated Steel
Weight 4.43 g
Diameter 23.88 mm
Thickness 1.58 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Royal Canadian Mint (Maple Leaf)
Royal Canadian Mint (P)
Royal Canadian Mint (WP)

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